Ticks and Alpha Gal allergy

Good Morning!

A couple of weeks ago I finally got in to see an allergist regarding some pretty severe hives [periodic skin rash and blistering—a immune system reaction]. I was pretty negative for almost all the 40 + things she checked for—except for Alpha Gal. This is a carbohydrate contained in red meat. Primarily beef. It would come on around 10:00 in the evening. As the allergist explained, most food allergies like those related to peanuts etc will show up right after eating. Some, like this, have to be broken down by the body first—so show up 2-4 hrs after eating that food. 

Looking up the allergy online, it seems it is connected to tick bites—{???] and specifically the Lone Star tick. Now we don’t have those in MN, although I do recall being bit in Colorado some years ago. But, my daughter Kirsti who is a reporter for MPR recalled an article they had some time ago, which covered some who had the allergy in Northern MN. And the online info indicated that an “unnamed” tick might be responsible in the North Central states.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/12/tick-triggered-meat-allergy-northern-minnesota

So along with Lymes and 2 or 3 other related diseases caused by bites from the deer tick or as they prefer to call it: the Black Legged Tick, there is a newer problem. 

Lymes will cause some severe fever/chills and general illness and unless treated, can cause some long-term health problems. This Alpha Gal allergy can also cause some severe issues—they issued me an epipen. 

Now most of the 1000+ tick bites I have probably had in a lifetime of outdoor activities have been from the brown or dog tick..common in June in our area. The deer ticks are also out then—much smaller and very hard to check for. And, deer ticks are also back around in the fall..so be careful if you have been out and about!! 

And if you experience the fever/chills, get checked asap for Lymes or the other more common problems; and if, perchance, you get an allergic reaction when eating animal meat—see an allergist. Fish and poultry apparently do not contain the alpha gal sugar.
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Results from Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 Sprint at Summer Nationals in VT

https://www.eabiathlon.org/race-results

The ‘open class’ is both Seniors and Juniors combined together. Then the Juniors are also on a separate class result. I think both age classes carried rifles on the entire course while the Youth and younger did a shorter course plus some ‘rifle loops’.  

There are a number of Canadian biathletes competing also—and they often come down with really fast roller skis..almost rollerblade fast.

Mass Start and Pursuits tomorrow!! The link to the start times is posted on the main sheet of the same webpage. 

Bill Meyer, Coach

Elk River Summer Biathlon #1 – Sun, June 26th, 2022 – RESULTS

Presented by Minnesota Biathlon

Sunday, June 26th, 2022

Woodland Trails Park

Photos: https://photo.wrocket.org/2022/june_elk_river_biathlon/

NameClubClassBIBStart TimeFinish TimeTotalPSTotal
Eric AndersonBluff<15250:12:300:43:430:31:13336
Jack CashmanBluff<15210:10:300:42:190:31:49336
Sergei ViskovatychTC<15290:14:300:47:420:33:12426
Carson PetersonTC<17220:11:000:39:410:28:41213
Elliot ObertonNNW<17320:16:000:51:220:35:22426
Ryan HousemanTCY240:12:000:43:340:31:34538
Devin KlattBluffY300:15:000:51:410:36:41325
Logan JensenNNWJ310:15:300:44:440:29:14235
Jake EllingsonTCS230:11:300:39:150:27:45314
Keith KranzTCSM280:14:001:00:360:46:36549
Greg PattisonWIV270:13:300:45:590:32:29123
Pat Lammerson Jr (all prone on a block)0:34:27426
Caleb Gilbertson (air rifle prone and standing)0:27:21134
Carson Gilbertson (air rifle prone – prone)38:10:00000
NameClubClassBIBStart TimeFinish TimeT. TimePSTotal
Sophia JedlewskaBH<15120:06:000:38:150:32:15325
Selah BinsfeldTC<1510:00:300:33:140:32:44437
Irina ViskovatychTC<15130:06:300:40:040:33:34347
Claire SabbyTC<1760:03:000:30:350:27:35235
Evelyn HudrlikTC<1730:01:300:29:230:27:53224
Sanny GangiMt I<1740:02:000:31:390:29:39415
Ella KarkelaMt I<1720:01:000:32:010:31:01347
Maddie JensenNNW<1780:04:000:45:090:41:09426
Saylor LandrumTCY70:03:300:28:390:25:09123
Maeve LindsayTCY90:04:300:34:090:29:39246
Lauren HuberWolfY100:05:000:37:550:32:55347
Cheresa BouleyTCJ140:07:000:30:090:23:09213
Kaisa BosekWolfJ50:02:300:28:370:26:07134
Hanne GuthrieTCS110:05:300:31:070:25:37224

20135 Elk Lake Rd NW, Elk River, MN 55330

Sprint Race

Long race – 8.6km
Short race – 6.6km
Three laps, two shooting stages (prone + standing) with penalty loops.

Schedule

9:15am – Registration opens 10:00am – Zero opens ~11:00am – Race start

$10 per racer

Payable by cash or check to “Minnesota Biathlon” on the day of the race. Register online: https://forms.gle/wLoKWzxvt2tMau7a6

Volunteers needed and appreciated!

Please contact Bill Meyer at wmeyer@nisswa.net for opportunities. Questions? Concerns? Contact administration@minnesotabiathlon.com

MN Biathlon membership forms

Good Afternoon–

Below find the annual MN Biathlon Membership form for this training year. Please also recall that MN Biathlon has an April to April year, and US Biathlon has an Oct to Oct year. Those active in the sport should be members of each organization.

USBA Membership link

For those leasing rifles this year, I will be sending out lease forms today to those who will be on the same rifle as last year. For those who are getting onto a different rifle, I am holding off yet while we sort that out. For those who will be leasing for the first time, we need to see you at a daycamp and go through all our procedures and fit a rifle to you at that time.

Hope that helps!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

USBA and ORDA Announce US Biathlon National Championships

US Biathlon and the Olympic Regional Development Authority are pleased to invite you to the US Biathlon National Championships in Lake Placid, NY March 23-27, 2022.

Please find the invitation attached, as well as a link below to find more information. Please reach out to ORDA with any questions.

https://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/Events/2022/March/23/National-Championships